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All Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency Program graduates inaugural class in St. Pete

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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg is graduating its first class of its pediatric residency program, the first new program of its type in the United States since the 1970s.

Last week, 10 pediatricians-in-training completed their journey through the three-year training program, which launched in 2014 at the 259-bed teaching hospital in downtown St. Petersburg. These new medical professionals learned to diagnose, prevent and treat childhood diseases, and will become the next leaders in children’s health.

The residency programs offered graduates a mix of clinical rotations and coursework focusing on patients and family-centered care, the business of medicine, ethics of care, research, patient safety and quality care.

As the nation faces growing shortage in pediatrics and other specialties, Johns Hopkins All Children’s along with other teaching hospitals, play a key role in training physicians of the future.

“This educational milestone pushes us to the next level, as we continue our transformation to become a leading academic health system in Florida,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and vice dean of All Children’s. “This next generation of pediatricians will now make their mark in children’s health as they go on to practice medicine at the bedside, expand their skills through fellowship opportunities and continue their focus on researching childhood disease.”

The inaugural class will now move on to complete their training and begin careers through a variety of institutions, with several staying in Florida and at All Children’s:

Brianna Conforti — Vanderbilt University, hematology/oncology fellow.

Jacqueline Crews — Johns Hopkins All Children’s, chief resident and hospitalist fellow.

Paul Gilbert — Primary Care Pediatrics, Boca Raton.

Mirinda Gillespie — John’s Hopkins All Children’s, hematology/oncology hospitalist.

Nicholas Jabre — The Johns Hopkins Hospital, pulmonology fellow.

Racha Khalaf — University of Colorado, pediatric gastroenterology fellow.

Alexander Kim — The Johns Hopkins Hospital, genetics fellow.

John Morrison — Johns Hopkins All Children’s, chief resident and hospitalist fellow.

Nina Replete — University of Ottawa, pediatric intensive care fellow.

Elena Rueda-de-Leon — Vanderbilt University, cardiology fellow.

 “Our inaugural graduation symbolizes the culmination of the efforts our graduates, our faculty and our institution toward getting these trainees to their next career steps and to completing our goal of training the next generation of leaders,” says Raquel Hernandez, M.D., director of medical education at Johns Hopkins All Children’s.

As an assistant professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Hernandez was helped design the residency program launched in 2014, and worked closely with both current students and the recruitment of new pediatric residents.

As this class graduates, the fourth class at Johns Hopkins All Children’s begin training in July.

Inaugural class of resident physicians’ graduation for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Saturday, June 10th, 2017. The graduation was held at the Trade Winds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL. The graduates include (Left to right): John Morrison, M.D., PhD, Alexander Kim, M.D., Mirinda Gillespie, M.D., ScM, Nicholas Jabre, M.D., M.S., Brianna Conforti, M.D., M.S., Paul Gilbert, M.D., Racha Khalaf, M.D., Jacquelyn Crews, M.D., Nina Replete, M.D., Elena Rueda-de-Leon, M.D.



Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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